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Nadine Mathis Basha Assumes Leadership of First Things First Board<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"> <p>PHOENIX – (July 19, 2016) First Things First is pleased to welcome Nadine Mathis Basha as the new Chair of its statewide Board.</p><p>She succeeds Janice Decker, whose term ended in June. Created by voter initiative in 2006, First Things First has since provided programs to strengthen families, improve the quality of early learning, and promote preventive health for thousands of young children statewide.</p><p>CEO Sam Leyvas lauded the appointment of Mathis Basha, who brings more than three decades of experience to her FTF Board leadership.</p><p>“As an early learning expert and seasoned policymaker, Nadine knows the early years play a crucial role in a child’s future success,” Leyvas said. “She understands how crucial it is that everyone do their part to support young children’s health and learning, and is keenly aware of what Arizonans expected when they chose to invest in early childhood through First Things First.”</p><p>Mathis Basha has served as a classroom teacher, small business owner, and member and past president of the Arizona State Board of Education. She was one of the authors of the 2006 citizens’ initiative that created First Things First, and served as the organization’s founding chair from 2007 to 2009. Mathis Basha is currently serving her second term on the FTF Board, most recently reappointed by Governor Jan Brewer in 2012. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She also holds honorary doctorates in Education from Northern Arizona University and Humanities from the University of Arizona.</p><p>Gerald Szostak, who was recently appointed to the Board by Governor Doug Ducey and serves as Executive Director of the Boys &amp; Girls Club of Central Arizona, said he and fellow Board members often look to Mathis Basha for her expertise and leadership.</p><p>“As a relatively new member, I greatly appreciate Nadine’s keen understanding of early childhood development and health, her in-depth knowledge of the statutes that created First Things First, and her absolute commitment to transparency and accountability in all we do,” Szostak said.</p><p>Mathis Basha said she was honored that her colleagues unanimously selected her to lead the Board.&#160;</p><p>“This is a very exciting time for First Things First; the programs and initiatives that we have developed are having a real impact on children’s health and learning. At the same time, there is a growing national conversation – from policymakers on both sides of the aisle – about the importance of supporting children’s education starting at birth,” Basha said. “Public opinion poll after poll demonstrates that early childhood is a priority for Arizonans and Americans. I’m looking forward to engaging the leadership in our communities – business leaders, faith representatives and policymakers at all levels – on how we work together to leverage Arizona’s successes and expand opportunities for all of our youngest children to arrive at kindergarten prepared to be successful.”</p><p>###</p><p> <strong>About First Things First</strong> – First Things First is a voter-created, statewide organization that funds early education and health programs to help kids be successful once they enter kindergarten. Decisions about how those funds are spent are made by local councils staffed by community volunteers. To learn more, visit <a>firstthingsfirst.org</a></p></div> </section>en
Nadine Mathis Basha Elected FTF Board Chair<p>The First Things First Board selected Nadine Mathis Basha as its Chair for fiscal years 2017-2018. She previously served as founding chair of the Board from 2007-2009.</p><p>A former teacher, educator, small business owner and volunteer, Mathis Basha has spent her adult life advocating for Arizona’s children, particularly with regard to early childhood education within the state.</p><p>In nominating Mathis Basha, outgoing Board Chair Janice Decker said Board members “already are familiar with her work on behalf of young children and First Things First, as well as her knowledge, expertise and professionalism.”</p><p>Mathis Basha developed Proposition 203, which was approved by voters in November 2006 – a ballot initiative to generate tax funds to establish a comprehensive system of early childhood development and health. The First Things First (FTF) board is in charge of the implementation and oversight of Proposition 203.</p><p>“In 2006, I was part of a small group of citizens who wanted to make a significant difference in the lives of young children and families in Arizona,” Mathis Basha said. “As we travelled the state, we heard how tired Arizonans were of decades of lack of support for young children; children starting kindergarten unprepared; and, children with health problems or developmental delays that had not been diagnosed or addressed. These citizens knew that if we start early, we can help mitigate some of those problems and change the trajectory for thousands of children in our state.”</p><p>In 2010, Mathis Basha led a successful ballot initiative campaign preserving the funding for FTF.</p><p>Mathis Basha has served on numerous boards and committees in conjunction with state and community agencies, the Governor’s Office and Arizona State University. In 1989, she founded the Children’s Action Alliance, a children’s public policy advocacy group that has significantly influenced the policies that enhance educational and medical needs for families with considerable financial constraints.</p><p>Her accomplishments in the field of early childhood have been acknowledged by the countless awards she has received over the years.</p><p>Mathis Basha was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities from the University of Arizona in December 2009. She also holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Education from Northern Arizona University as well as Arizona State University‘s Distinguished Achievement Award. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University.</p>en
“Thank you, Nadine.”<p>In recognition of her tireless efforts in support of young children and early childhood education in Arizona, First Things First Board Chair Nadine Mathis Basha was recently honored with the 2016 Change Maker Award from <a href="http&#58;//experiencemattersaz.org/congratulations-to-experience-matters-2016-change-maker/" target="_blank">Experience Matters</a>.</p><p>Watch this video to learn more about why early childhood matters and the tremendous impact of Nadine’s leadership&#58;</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="margin-top&#58;20px;margin-bottom&#58;20px;"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/embed/o85CcyF8GFY" frameborder="0"></iframe>&#160;</div><p>Congratulations, Nadine, and thank you.</p>en
First Things First La Paz/Mohave Region honored with Eddie Basha Award for Leadership and Service​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><p> <strong>PHOENIX</strong> (Aug. 31, 2017) – Community volunteers from the First Things First (FTF) La Paz/Mohave Region were honored Tuesday at the organization’s statewide early childhood conference. </p><p>The FTF La Paz/Mohave Regional Partnership Council, made up of local volunteers from La Paz and Mohave counties received the Eddie Basha Regional Partnership Council Excellence Award for Leadership and Service. The region includes cities Bullhead City, Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Parker. Also included is the Arizona portion of the land belonging to the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. The region covers almost 17,000 square miles, with its northern end separated from the rest by the Grand Canyon.</p><p>The annual award recognizes one of 28 regional councils from across Arizona for inspiring its local community to come together and promote positive and lasting change on behalf of young children, thereby enriching all of Arizona. </p> <figure> <img src="/PublishingImages/connect/La-Paz-Mohave-RPC-award.png" class="img-responsive img-fluid rounded" alt="" style="width&#58;800px;margin&#58;25px auto 15px;" /> <p style="font-size&#58;10px;font-style&#58;italic;text-align&#58;center;margin-bottom&#58;1.5em;">The First Things First La Paz/Mohave Regional Partnership Council was honored with the 2017 Eddie Basha Regional Partnership Council Excellence Award for Leadership and Service at the FTF Early Childhood Summit in Phoenix on Aug. 29. Pictured from left to right, back row&#58; council members Kip Anderson, Kingman; Riley Frei, Bullhead City; Christy Rail, Lake Havasu City; First Things First interim CEO Josh Allen.&#160;From left to right-front row&#58; FTF Senior Director Ashley Pascual; FTF La Paz/Mohave Regional Director Vijette Saari; council members&#58; Lori Long, Kingman; Vanessa Sandoval, Fort Mohave; Margee Chieffo, Lake Havasu City; Betsy Lewis, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe; Alisa Burroughs, Bullhead City ;Brandon Basha; FTF Board Chair Nadine Mathis Basha, Pastor Jose Garcia; Parker. Not pictured&#58; council members Debbie Justice, northern Mohave County/Colorado River Strip area and Claudia Gonzalez; Parker.</p> </figure> <p>“I am so proud that our region has been recognized for our efforts to ensure that child care and preschool teachers are receiving constant support in expanding their professional skills,” said La Paz/Mohave Council Chair Riley Frei. He serves as superintendent for both the Colorado River Union High School District and the Bullhead City Elementary School District. </p><p>Brandon Basha, the eldest grandson in the Basha family, presented the award to the community volunteers at the FTF 2017 Early Childhood Summit held at the Phoenix Convention Center, Aug. 28-29. </p><p>He noted the council’s efforts in creating a new collaboration between the Association for Supportive Child Care, which is the council’s professional development strategy partner, and Mohave Community College (MCC).&#160; </p><p>Through this joint collaboration, the Council and MCC are now able to provide a clear pathway for early child care professionals to earn a Childhood Development Associate (CDA) credential.&#160;&#160; </p><p>“This partnership reinforces continuous professional development and education for early care professionals, and ensures the region’s young children have equal access to high quality child care no matter where they live in the region,” Basha said. </p><p>The Region’s early childhood professionals have responded with eager enthusiasm, and have earned 234 CDA credits to date through MCC.&#160; </p><p>“As an educator, I know that the more educated my teachers are, the better prepared they are to engage students and support their learning,” Frei said. “Early childhood educators are the ones who are engaging children at the most rapid and crucial time of their brain development. That increased knowledge will lead to more nurturing and supportive teacher-child interactions, which research shows are a hallmark of quality early learning.”</p><p>The award is named after iconic Arizona businessman, humanitarian and staunch advocate for public education Eddie Basha, who spent his life championing children and the communities that nurture them. Basha was one of the primary proponents of the ballot measure that created First Things First, a statewide organization that funds early education and health programs to help kids be successful once they enter kindergarten, and one of the movement’s most fierce champions. </p><p>“(My grandfather) fought tirelessly to ensure that funds were available to support the health and learning of the youngest and most vulnerable among us,” Basha said. “And, he loved to visit early childhood programs and see first-hand how they changed outcomes for young kids.”</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">###</p><p style="font-size&#58;12px;"> <strong>About First Things First</strong> – First Things First is a voter-created, statewide organization that funds early education and health programs to help kids be successful once they enter kindergarten. Decisions about how those funds are spent are made by local councils staffed by community volunteers. To learn more, visit FirstThingsFirst.org.</p></div> </section> en
Eddie Basha Regional Partnership Council Excellence Award<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><p class="lead"> The Eddie Basha Regional Partnership Council Excellence Award for Service and Leadership recognizes a First Things First regional council for inspiring its local community to come together and promote positive and lasting change on behalf of young children, thereby enriching all of Arizona. </p></div> </section> <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="pull-right margin-top-40 margin-bottom-40"> <img src="/publishingimages/basha-with-name.jpg" class="img-responsive center" alt="" /><br> <a href="#" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#modal-remembering-eddie-basha" class="center">Read more about his remarkable life</a> </div><div class="h2 margin-top-40"> Eddie Basha </div><div><p>Eddie Basha spent his life championing children and the communities that nurture them. An iconic Arizona businessman, humanitarian and staunch advocate for public education, Eddie believed in the power of people coming together to serve, create and build something better for the future. When speaking about the potential of communities and the importance of service, Eddie often paraphrased the prophet Jeremiah—We will find our good in the good of the whole community.</p><div class="h2 margin-top-40"> FTF Regional Partnership Councils </div><p> Representing the richly diverse communities across Arizona, <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=ad623ac4-9ddb-4198-b454-d950488426dd&amp;TermSetId=5233bec4-b226-4c34-b57b-3822e147c14e&amp;TermId=fd15cbb6-431c-4051-9a7f-08e9b674e861">First Things First regional partnership councils</a> are comprised of dedicated volunteers—including teachers, parents, healthcare professionals, faith, business and tribal representatives and community partners—who are passionate about Arizona’s youngest children and dedicated to First Things First’s mission. They serve as leaders, collaborators, decision-makers and public stewards, and foster positive change by&#58; </p><ol class="ftf-list margin-top-20"><li>Identifying and prioritizing the needs of young children and families in their local community; and</li><li>Creating innovative, strategic approaches – through partnerships, programs and capacity-building – to produce improved outcomes and support the healthy development of young children in the region.</li></ol></div></div> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="h2 margin-top-40"> About the Award </div><p> The Eddie Basha Regional Partnership Council Excellence Award for Service and Leadership recognizes a First Things First regional council for exemplary performance in promoting positive and lasting change on behalf of young children. </p><p> Any of the 28 regional councils may be nominated by a member of the public. Regional partnership council members may nominate other regional councils or their own. (Self-nominations are limited to two per council.) <strong>Nominations are being accepted from May 17 through June 30, 2017.</strong> </p><p> The award will be presented at the <a href="https&#58;//summit.firstthingsfirst.org/" target="_blank">First Things First Early Childhood Summit</a> on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the Phoenix Convention Center during the celebration luncheon. The award will include the opportunity for an early childhood forum with a keynote speaker to be held in the regional council’s community to highlight the service, leadership and collaboration of the regional council and support increased awareness of the importance of early childhood. Additionally, one member of the awarded council will be selected to participate in a leadership conference. </p><p> First Things First’s Gila River Indian Community Regional Partnership Council was the <a href="http&#58;//www.azftf.gov/newsletters/Pages/eddie-basha-award-2015.aspx" target="_blank">inaugural recipient</a> in 2015 and the Southwest Maricopa Regional Partnership Council&#160;<a href="http&#58;//www.azftf.gov/newsletters/Pages/eddie-basha-award-2016.aspx" target="_blank">received the honor</a> in 2016. </p></div> </section> <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-3 margin-top-40"> <a href="#" class="btn btn-primary" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#modal-eddie-basha-award">Submit a Nomination</a> </div> </section> <div class="modal" id="modal-remembering-eddie-basha" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog modal-lg" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="modal" aria-label="Close"> <span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <h4 class="modal-title" id="myModalLabel">Remembering Eddie Basha</h4></div><div class="modal-body"> <img src="/publishingimages/regions/eddie-basha/basha-2000.jpg" alt="" style="display&#58;block;margin&#58;0px auto;" /> <br> <h2 style="text-align&#58;center;">Remembering Eddie Basha</h2> <a href="#" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#modal-eddie-basha-carousel" data-slide-to="0"> <img src="/publishingimages/regions/eddie-basha/basha-reading.jpg" alt="" style="float&#58;left;padding&#58;5px 15px 0px 0px;" /> </a> <p style="line-height&#58;1.5em;">Eddie Basha was a man with deep roots in Arizona. Born and raised in the community of Chandler, Basha dedicated most of his life to making Arizona a better place to live. His advocacy for children and education is legendary. </p><p style="line-height&#58;1.5em;"> <a href="#" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#modal-eddie-basha-carousel" data-slide-to="1"> <img src="/publishingimages/regions/eddie-basha/basha-clipping.jpg" alt="" style="float&#58;right;padding&#58;0px 0px 0px 15px;" /> </a>Eddie was the great-grandson of settlers who came to America in 1884. His grandparents were Arizona pioneers who opened a general store in the mining community of Ray, Arizona, in 1910, two years before statehood. Today, Bashas’ is the only family-owned supermarket chain in Arizona. Currently there are more than 130 stores.</p><p style="line-height&#58;1.5em;"> <a href="#" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#modal-eddie-basha-carousel" data-slide-to="2"> <img src="/publishingimages/regions/eddie-basha/basha-2001.jpg" alt="" style="float&#58;left;padding&#58;0px 15px 0px 0px;" /> </a>Eddie was an outstanding citizen who donated his leadership, time and financial support to community projects of all types across the state. As a leading proponent of quality education, he was appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents by Governor Rose Mofford in 1990 and concluded his service on the board in January 1998. Eddie also served a thirteen-year term on the Chandler School Board. Additionally, he was appointed by Governor Bruce Babbitt to the State Board of Education where he served for two consecutive, four-year terms.</p><p style="line-height&#58;1.5em;"> <a href="#" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#modal-eddie-basha-carousel" data-slide-to="4"> <img src="/publishingimages/regions/eddie-basha/basha-family-sm.jpg" alt="" style="float&#58;right;padding&#58;0px 0px 0px 15px;" /> </a>Eddie devoted countless hours toward the plight of the homeless and hungry, health care issues, a proponent of the arts, numerous political referendums and many other community and civic projects as well. </p><p style="line-height&#58;1.5em;">Eddie, along with his wife, Nadine Mathis Basha, passed on their strong sense of community and commitment to their family of six sons. Sadly, Eddie passed away on March 26, 2013, at the age of 76. He enriched the lives of all who knew him.</p></div></div></div></div><div class="modal" id="modal-eddie-basha-award" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel" style="display&#58;none;"><div class="modal-dialog" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="modal" aria-label="Close"> <span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <h4 class="modal-title" id="myModalLabel">Eddie Basha Regional Partnership Council Excellence Award</h4></div><div id="eddie-basha-award-form" data-form-modal-validate="true" data-form-success="submitEddieBashaNomination"><div class="modal-body"><div style="font-size&#58;0.8em;padding-bottom&#58;10px;"> <i>Fields marked with an asterisk(<span style="color&#58;#cc0000;">*</span>) are required</i> </div><fieldset class="form-group"> <label class="control-label">Name <span style="color&#58;#cc0000;">*</span></label> <input type="text" class="form-control" id="name" placeholder="Name" required="required" data-name="name" /> <div class="help-block with-errors"></div></fieldset><fieldset class="form-group"> <label class="control-label">Email <span style="color&#58;#cc0000;">*</span></label> <input type="email" class="form-control" id="email" placeholder="Email" required="required" data-name="email" /> <div class="help-block with-errors"></div></fieldset><fieldset class="form-group"> <label class="control-label">Name of the First Things First regional partnership council you are nominating.<span style="color&#58;#cc0000;">*</span></label> <input type="text" class="form-control" id="council" placeholder="Council" required="required" data-name="council" /> <div class="help-block with-errors"></div></fieldset><fieldset class="form-group"> <label class="control-label"> Describe an example of how the regional partnership council has demonstrated exceptional service and leadership in identifying needs and opportunities in their local community and creating strategic approaches to produce improved outcomes and support the healthy development of young children in the region. 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Board Members​​​​​​​​​​​​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><p class="lead">The Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board consists of nine members appointed by the Governor and approved by the state Senate. The board is responsible for ensuring that Arizona’s early childhood funds are spent on services that help our state’s young children be healthier and start kindergarten ready to succeed.</p></div> <div class="col-xs-12"><h2>Meet Our Board</h2></div> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="row margin-bottom-20"><div class="thumbnail-style"><div class="col-sm-3"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/basha.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <h4> <a data-toggle="modal" href="#" data-target="#modal-3">Nadine Mathis Basha</a> </h4> <small>Chair</small> <div class="modal fade" id="modal-3" tabindex="-1" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="modal" aria-label="Close"> <span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <h4 class="modal-title" id="myModalLabel">Nadine Mathis Basha</h4></div><div class="modal-body bio"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/basha.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <p> Nadine Mathis Basha is Chair of the First Things First Board. A former teacher, educator, small business owner and volunteer. Mrs. Mathis Basha has spent her adult life advocating for Arizona’s children, particularly with regard to early childhood education within the state.</p><p> Mrs. Mathis Basha developed Proposition 203, which was approved by voters in November 2006 – a ballot initiative to generate tax funds to establish a comprehensive system of early childhood development and health. The First Things First (FTF) board is in charge of the implementation and oversight of Proposition 203. Mrs. Mathis Basha was appointed as the first chair of the founding board of FTF for its first two years and continues to serve as a member on the board. In 2010, Mrs. Mathis Basha once again led a successful ballot initiative campaign preserving the funding for FTF.</p><p> Mrs. Mathis Basha has served on numerous boards and committees in conjunction with state and community agencies, the Governor’s Office and Arizona State University. In 1989, she founded the Children’s Action Alliance, a children’s public policy advocacy group that has significantly influenced the policies that enhance educational and medical needs for families with considerable financial constraints.</p><p> Her accomplishments in the field of early childhood have been acknowledged by the countless awards she has received over the years.</p><p> Mrs. Mathis Basha was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities from the University of Arizona in December 2009. She also holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Education from Northern Arizona University as well as Arizona State University‘s Distinguished Achievement Award. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University.</p></div></div></div></div></div><div class="col-sm-3"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/szostak.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <h4> <a data-toggle="modal" href="#" data-target="#modal-8">Gerald Szostak</a> </h4> <small>Vice Chair</small> <div class="modal fade" id="modal-8" tabindex="-1" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="modal" aria-label="Close"> <span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <h4 class="modal-title" id="myModalLabel">Gerald Szostak</h4></div><div class="modal-body bio"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/szostak.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <p>Gerald Szostak is the Chief Executive Officer of the Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Central Arizona located in Prescott, AZ. He has been working in youth development for almost two decades both in the private and non-profit sectors. Gerald has extensive experience in planning and implementing youth programs, staff development, and creating and sustaining community partnerships to increase recognition and financial support for the organization.&#160; Gerald started his youth development career on the east coast running private summer sports camps in New Hampshire and Maine. In 2006 he moved back to the Phoenix area and worked for the Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix for 8 years before his move to Prescott.&#160; He has a BS degree from Arizona State University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Arizona State University. In 2015 Gerald was appointed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to the First Things First State Board. Gerald was a founding board member of the Homeless Youth Connection, a non-profit that serves homeless teens in the Phoenix area and a Rotarian. He is now a proud Prescott Kiwanis Club member and graduate of Prescott Area Leadership​</p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="row margin-bottom-20"><div class="thumbnail-style"><div class="col-sm-3"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/gburns.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <h4> <a data-toggle="modal" href="#" data-target="#modal-4">Gayle Burns</a> </h4> <small>Member</small> <div class="modal fade" id="modal-4" tabindex="-1" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="modal" aria-label="Close"> <span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <h4 class="modal-title" id="myModalLabel">Gayle Burns</h4></div><div class="modal-body bio"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/gburns.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <p>Mrs. Burns is currently the Chair of the Board’s Communications and Government Affairs Committee. She is the Vice President of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD) Board of Directors and chairs their Public Policy Committee. She previously served as the CAWCD representative to the Arizona Water Banking Authority.</p><p>Mrs. Burns also is a member of the ADD Water Council (Acquisition, Development and Delivery of New Water Supplies) and the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District.</p><p>She owned and operated the Christmas Cottage, a Glendale store specializing in Christmas ornaments and collectables, until 2007. During that time, Mrs. Burns was a member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and served as an officer of the Glendale Downtown Development Corporation.</p><p>For 27 years prior to that, Mrs. Burns owned and operated preschools. She was responsible for training staff, working with children and counseling parents, an experience that provided her with valuable insight in to what parents expect from early childhood development experts and what children need to succeed once they enter kindergarten.</p><p>She also worked as assistant office manager for Save-Way Auto Lease from 1967 to 1972.</p><p>Mrs. Burns attended Iowa State University and has lived in Arizona for 48 years. She and her husband, Robert Burns, have been married for 50 years and have two grown sons. They reside in Peoria. </p></div></div></div></div></div><div class="col-sm-3"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/aflores.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <h4> <a data-toggle="modal" href="#" data-target="#modal-1">Amelia Flores</a> </h4> <small>Member</small> <div class="modal fade" id="modal-1" tabindex="-1" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="modal" aria-label="Close"> <span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <h4 class="modal-title" id="myModalLabel">Amelia Flores</h4></div><div class="modal-body bio"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/aflores.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <p>Amelia Flores serves as an elected Council Member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, including two years as Tribal Council Secretary. Prior to her FTF Board nomination, Amelia served on the FTF Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Regional Partnership Council. Her past experience also includes serving as the Library and Archive Director for the CRIT Library for over 20 years. She is a strong proponent of early literacy, having developed and supervised an early literacy program as the CRIT Library Director. Amelia has an associate degree from Arizona Western and Northland Pioneer colleges. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Arizona. She is exceptionally community-oriented and has served on a number of boards and councils, such as United Presbyterian Church, CRIT Head Start Policy Council, La Paz County Cooperative Extension Advisory Board, the La Paz County Food Bank, the La Paz County Foster Care Review Board, and Parker Historical Society. Amelia also currently serves as a member of the Parker Unified School Board.</p></div></div></div></div></div><div class="col-sm-3"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/drhawkins.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <h4> <a data-toggle="modal" href="#" data-target="#modal-9">Rev. Dr. Darren Hawkins</a> </h4> <small>Member</small> <div class="modal fade" id="modal-9" tabindex="-1" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="modal" aria-label="Close"> <span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <h4 class="modal-title" id="myModalLabel">Rev. Dr. Darren Hawkins</h4></div><div class="modal-body bio"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/drhawkins.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <p>Rev. Dr. Darren Hawkins, senior pastor of the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, was a member of the FTF Yuma Regional Partnership Council for seven years, most recently serving as Chair. He is a strong systems thinker who emphasizes the shared responsibility of families, communities and schools in helping our children reach their fullest potential. Rev. Hawkins has had the opportunity to work in Christian education, stewardship, outreach, fellowship, personnel and mission committees. Rev. Hawkins has been actively involved in community programs such as the Habitat for Humanity, Crossroads Mission and School-Based Clinics programs. Rev. Hawkins holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University, a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Fuller School of Psychology, and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has been married to his wife Shelley for over 27 years. They have grown children and two dogs. In his spare time, Rev. Hawkins enjoys watching football, playing golf and spending time with his family.</p></div></div></div></div></div><div class="col-sm-3"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/markel.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <h4> <a data-toggle="modal" href="#" data-target="#modal-5">Dr. ​Sherry Markel</a> </h4> <small>Member</small> <div class="modal fade" id="modal-5" tabindex="-1" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="modal" aria-label="Close"> <span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <h4 class="modal-title" id="myModalLabel">Dr. Sherry Markel</h4></div><div class="modal-body bio"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/markel.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <p>Dr. Sherry Markel has a 35-year career as an educator – ranging from her start as a teacher’s assistant in a preschool to teaching positions in K-12 schools and ending with her position as Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Markel recently retired from NAU and is very much interested in using her time to benefit young children. She has a host of publications to her credit, including papers on topics ranging from literacy interventions and teacher quality to online teaching and the role of language and culture in education (in partnership with the Navajo Nation). Dr. Markel is no stranger to board service. She has participated on a variety of boards, committees and task forces, most recently being asked to join the board of the Hopi Educational Endowment Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Teacher Education and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona, as well as a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in secondary education from Georgia State University. Dr. Markel lives just outside of Flagstaff. ​</p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="row margin-bottom-20"><div class="thumbnail-style"><div class="col-sm-3"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/quinlan.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <h4> <a data-toggle="modal" href="#" data-target="#modal-5">Heidi Quinlan</a> </h4> <small>Member</small> <div class="modal fade" id="modal-5" tabindex="-1" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="modal" aria-label="Close"> <span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <h4 class="modal-title" id="myModalLabel">Heidi Quinlan</h4></div><div class="modal-body bio"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/quinlan.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <p>Heidi Quinlan is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a licensed independent substance abuse counselor (LISAC) with postgraduate certification in infant/toddler family practice. She has specialized training in treating trauma and attachment disruptions in both children and adults. She utilizes a combination of cognitive behavioral techniques, EMDR, play therapy, Theraplay, sand tray therapy, parent child relationship therapies and other expressive approaches. Her work focuses on the significant influence of the&#160;family and family-of-origin as well as the neuroscience of the brain.</p></div></div></div></div></div><div class="col-sm-3"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/solomon.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <h4> <a data-toggle="modal" href="#" data-target="#modal-7">Ruth Solomon</a> </h4> <small>Member</small> <div class="modal fade" id="modal-7" tabindex="-1" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="modal" aria-label="Close"> <span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <h4 class="modal-title" id="myModalLabel">Ruth Solomon</h4></div><div class="modal-body bio"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/solomon.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <p>Ruth Solomon currently serves as president of the Governing Board of the Pima County Joint Technological Education District (JTED), is past president and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence, and is a trustee of the Arizona Educational Foundation. She is an appointed member of the Arizona State Board of Library and Archives.</p><p>From 2003-2007, Mrs. Solomon served as associate superintendent of public instruction and policy advisor to the Arizona State School Superintendent of Public Instruction, where her responsibilities also included overseeing the information, technology, testing and evaluation departments.</p><p>From 1988 to 2003, Mrs. Solomon served as a member of the Arizona State Senate where she was elected assistant minority leader, served as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, chair of the Joint Committee on Capital Revenue and chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. She also served as the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on CPS and Child Related Services as well as serving as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Education and Health Committees.</p><p>A recipient of many awards and honors, Mrs. Solomon considers the education, health and well-being of children and their families as her number one priority.</p></div></div></div></div></div><div class="col-sm-3"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/hwhitney.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <h4> <a data-toggle="modal" href="#" data-target="#modal-6">Helena Whitney</a> </h4> <small>Member</small> <div class="modal fade" id="modal-6" tabindex="-1" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="modal" aria-label="Close"> <span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <h4 class="modal-title" id="myModalLabel">Helena Whitney</h4></div><div class="modal-body bio"> <img src="/board/PublishingImages/hwhitney.jpg" alt="..." class="img-thumbnail" /> <p>Helena Whitney is a senior consultant with Health Management Associates, where she effectively bridges the policy and the politics of healthcare with her combination of public health, legislative affairs and community outreach experience. Her areas of expertise include U.S. – Mexico border health, immigration, the social determinants of health, culturally responsive care, behavioral health integration, and delivery system transformation. Helena has designed and delivered online and classroom-based courses on organizational leadership and societal change for the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. Instructional concepts include the role of culture and gender in organizations and how these factors impact leadership; understanding implicit bias; and how unconscious biases influence decision making. Helena has parlayed this experience into training tools for HMA clients who are seeking to improve the delivery of culturally responsive patient care. Prior to joining HMA, Helena was vice president of government relations and legislative affairs for the University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN). Prior to UAHN, she shaped public opinion and ignited community engagement for Maricopa Integrated Health Systems, the safety net healthcare system serving Phoenix and surrounding communities. As a senior health and human services policy advisor for the Arizona House of Representatives, she co-authored a legislative referendum increasing tobacco taxes by $0.60 per pack to fund trauma services, community health centers, and chronic disease prevention and research. Passing by 67 percent, the measure continues to be a primary healthcare revenue source. She also advanced policy reform in child welfare and long-term services and supports, including upstream changes addressing the social determinants of health. Helena earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work with a concentration in public policy from Arizona State University. Helena has global perspective. Growing up in a military family and a naturalized citizen from Serbia, she has been to more countries than U.S. states. When not working, Helena enjoys volunteering with the local Doberman pinscher rescue and training her own adopted dogs.</p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="row margin-bottom-20"><div class="thumbnail-style"><div class="col-sm-3"><h4> <a href="http&#58;//directorsblog.health.azdhs.gov/about-the-director/" target="_blank">Dr. Cara Christ</a> </h4> <small>Ex-Officio</small> </div><div class="col-sm-3"><h4> <a href="http&#58;//www.azed.gov/superintendent/biography/" target="_blank">Hon. Diane Douglas</a> </h4> <small>Ex-Officio</small> </div><div class="col-sm-3"><h4> <a target="_blank" href="https&#58;//des.az.gov/about-des/des-directors-bio">Michael Trailor​</a>​​ </h4>​​​<small>​Ex-Officio​</small> </div></div></div></div> <div class="col-xs-12"><p>&#160;</p><p>By law, members of the Board must be representative of Arizona’s diversity. They must include Republicans and Democrats, as well as residents of both metropolitan and rural areas. All Board members share a deep commitment to expanding opportunities for Arizona’s young kids to succeed in school and in life.</p><p>The Directors of the Department of Economic Security, Department of Health Services and the Superintendent of Public Instruction,&#160;or their chosen designees,&#160;serve as non-voting ex-officio members.</p></div> </section>​​​​​​en
Executive Committee<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><p class="lead"> The Executive Committee assists the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board in fulfilling its responsibilities with respect to providing guidance on the Board’s overall vision and strategy, meeting agendas and governance policy review.</p><p>&#160;</p></div> <div class="col-xs-12"><h3>Committee Meeting Notices</h3><table class="table table-condensed table-hover table-striped" id="grid-committee-meetings"><thead><tr><th data-formatter="startDate" data-column-id="StartDate">Date</th><th data-column-id="Meeting">Meeting</th><th data-formatter="commands" data-column-id="commands" data-sortable="false">&#160;</th><th data-column-id="UniqueId" data-visible="false">UniqueId</th></tr></thead></table></div> <div class="col-xs-12"><h3>Roster</h3></div> <div class="col-xs-9"><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading">Board Members</div><ul class="list-group"><li class="list-group-item">Nadine Mathis Basha, Chair</li><li class="list-group-item">Dr. Pamela Powell, Vice Chair</li><li class="list-group-item">Gayle Burns</li><li class="list-group-item">Vivian Saunders</li></ul></div></div> <div class="col-xs-9"><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading">Staff</div><ul class="list-group"><li class="list-group-item"> &#160;Joshua J. Allen, Interim&#160;Chief Executive Officer<br> &#160;<span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3">jallen</span><a class="list-group-item-text" href="mailto&#58;jallen@firstthingsfirst.org">@firstthingsfirst.org</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> Holley Mulholland, Special Assistant to the CEO<br> <a class="list-group-item-text" href="mailto&#58;hmulholland@firstthingsfirst.org">hmulholland@firstthingsfirst.org</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> Casey Cullings, General Counsel <br> <a class="list-group-item-text" href="mailto&#58;ccullings@firstthingsfirst.org">ccullings@firstthingsfirst.org​</a></li></ul></div></div> </section> <div tabindex="-1" class="modal fade" id="meetingModal" role="dialog" aria-hidden="true" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header" style="border&#58;hidden currentcolor;"> <button class="close" aria-label="Close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"> <span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> </div><div class="modal-body" style="padding&#58;10px 0px 0px 5px;"><div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"> <strong>Meeting</strong> </div><div class="col-xs-12 col-md-8"><div class="col-xs-12"> <span id="meeting-date"></span> </div><div class="col-xs-12"> <span id="meeting-location"></span> </div><div class="col-xs-12"> <span id="meeting-address"></span> </div><div class="col-xs-12"> <span id="meeting-city">&#160;</span><span id="meeting-state"></span>&#160;<span id="meeting-zip"></span> </div></div><div class="col-xs-12">&#160;</div><div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"> <strong>Meeting Notices</strong> </div><div class="col-xs-12 col-md-8"><div class="col-xs-12"> <span id="meeting-notices"></span> </div></div><div class="col-xs-12">&#160;</div><div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"> <strong>Meeting Attachments</strong> </div><div class="col-xs-12 col-md-8"><div class="col-xs-12"> <span id="meeting-attachments"></span> </div></div><div class="col-xs-12">&#160;</div><div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"> <strong>Meeting Amendments</strong> </div><div class="col-xs-12 col-md-8"><div class="col-xs-12"> <span id="meeting-amendments"></span> </div></div></div><div class="modal-footer" style="margin-top&#58;0px;"> <button class="btn btn-default pull-right" type="button" data-dismiss="modal">close</button> </div></div></div></div>en
Newest FTF Board Member: Dr. Sherry Markel<p>Earlier this month, Gov. Doug Ducey nominated Dr. Sherry Markel to fill the last remaining seat on the First Things First Board. Dr. Markel has a 35-year career as an educator – ranging from her start as a teacher's assistant in a preschool to teaching positions in K-12 schools and ending with her position as Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University.</p><p>Dr. Markel recently retired from Northern Arizona University and is very much interested in using her time to benefit young children. She has a host of publications to her credit, including papers on topics ranging from literacy interventions and teacher quality to online teaching and the role of language and culture in education (in partnership with the Navajo Nation).</p><p>Dr. Markel is no stranger to board service. She has participated on a variety of boards, committees and task forces, most recently being asked to join the board of the Hopi Educational Endowment Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Teacher Education and a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Arizona, as well as a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in secondary education from Georgia State University.</p><p>The Board welcomed Dr. Markel to her first meeting earlier this week. We caught up with Dr. Markel prior to the meeting and asked her why she wanted to serve on the statewide Board.</p><p></p><hr /> <em class="ms-rteStyle-Quote">&quot;There is nothing more important than the work we do to ensure every young child in Arizona has access to health care and learning experiences that help them develop their talents and capacities. We are short changing the potential of the state if we do not attend to this in a thoughtful and active way. I am honored to be asked to contribute to this work, since I have a deep and abiding respect for those engaged in this most worthy enterprise. Talk to a young child; you will see the world through a different perspective. They are the most precious resource,&quot;&#160;said Markel.</em><p></p><hr /> <h1> Saying farewell </h1><p>At its January meeting, the Board bid a fond farewell to the three retiring Board members&#58; former Board Vice Chair Dr. Pam Powell, former Board Chair Janice Decker and member Vivian Saunders. Dr. Powell and Ms. Saunders had been members of the Board since its inception in 2007.</p> <img src="/latest-things/PublishingImages/outro_board.png" class="img-responsive left" alt="" style="width&#58;400px;" />​​ <p>In acknowledging the members' contributions to the Board, current Chair Nadine Mathis Basha said, &quot;Collectively, these three incredible women have given more than 25 years in service to this Board, and that's above and beyond the service they have provided to children and families in their personal and professional capacities. We are blessed to have called them colleagues. They will be missed, but I know that each, in her own way, will continue to serve the interests of young children and their families throughout Arizona.&quot;&#160;</p>en
task-force​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"> <img src="/publishingimages/early-childhood-task-force.png" class="img-responsive margin-bottom-20" alt="" /> <p class="lead">First Things First programs and partnerships are changing outcomes for young children in Arizona. To build on this progress and focus on priorities for the next phase of our mission, FTF is convening a statewide Early Childhood Task Force to help set the strategic vision for the next five years.</p><p>&#160;</p><h2>Process and Outcomes</h2><p> Taking a systems change approach, the Arizona Early Childhood Task Force will&#58; </p><ul class="ftf-list"><li>Focus broadly on early learning and development, children’s health, and family support and early literacy;</li><li>Prioritize efforts to increase coordination, address infrastructure and capacity needs of the system, leverage partnerships and increase resources to achieve scale;</li><li>Build on the strengths and accomplishments of the early childhood system; and</li><li>Actively engage regional council members and state and community stakeholders in the process.</li></ul><p></p><p> The Task Force is comprised of a diverse group of key leaders from various sectors across Arizona. It is being co‐chaired by Nadine Mathis Basha, Board Chair of First Things First, and Don Budinger, Chairman and Founding Director of The Rodel Foundations. </p><p> The Task Force will meet for a total of five (5) meetings with the purpose for each meeting outlined below. To ensure that the Task Force stays focused on high‐level priorities, sub‐committees will be created to allow for the development of more specific recommendations in the areas of Early Learning, Children’s Health, and Family Support/Early Literacy and Research and Evaluation. In addition, throughout the strategic planning process, First Things First’s Regional Partnership Councils will be engaged through online surveys and regional area forums to provide feedback on ideas and decision points made by the Task Force and sub‐committees. </p><p> The end result will be an ambitious yet attainable statewide plan for advancing the work of First Things First and Arizona’s early childhood system over the next five years. This work will help us collectively hold ourselves accountable so our work will result in positive, measureable outcomes for our youngest children. </p></div> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-top-20"><div class="panel-group" id="timeline" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingTimeline"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#timeline" href="#collapseTimeline" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseTimeline" class="collapsed">Timeline</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseTimeline" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingTimeline"><div class="panel-body"><div class="row"><div class="col-xs-3 margin-top-20">September&#58;</div><div class="col-xs-9 margin-top-20">Convene First Things First Leadership Forum and deploy statewide survey to all regional partnership council members. Use data and perspectives collected to help inform the Task Force’s initial conversation in November.</div><div class="col-xs-3 margin-top-20">November&#58; </div><div class="col-xs-9 margin-top-20">Assessment of Arizona’s early childhood system—where it is and where we want to go; and review and discussion of latest data and key drivers for system change.</div><div class="col-xs-3 margin-top-20">December&#58;</div><div class="col-xs-9 margin-top-20">Define priority roles for First Things First and desired outcomes.</div><div class="col-xs-3 margin-top-20">January&#58;</div><div class="col-xs-9 margin-top-20"> Finalize priority roles and desired outcomes. <p> Convene First Things First regional area forums across the state to provide direct input and perspective on progress of the Task Force to date. </p></div><div class="col-xs-3 margin-top-20">February‐April&#58;</div><div class="col-xs-9 margin-top-20">Convene sub‐committees to define goals and objectives for addressing the FTF priority roles and desired outcomes.</div><div class="col-xs-3 margin-top-20">May&#58;</div><div class="col-xs-9 margin-top-20">Review recommendations from the sub‐committees.</div><div class="col-xs-3 margin-top-20">June&#58;</div><div class="col-xs-9 margin-top-20">Finalize strategic direction to present to the First Things First Program Committee and Board.</div></div></div></div></div></div></div> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-top-10"><div class="panel-group" id="roster" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingRoster"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#roster" href="#collapseRoster" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseRoster" class="collapsed">Roster</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseRoster" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingRoster"><div class="panel-body"><div id="task-force-large" class="hidden-xs hidden-sm"><table id="task-force-grid" class="table table-condensed table-hover table-striped small"><thead><tr><th style="width&#58;25%;">Name</th><th>Title</th><th>Organization</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Nadine Mathis Basha</td><td>Co-Chair, Early Childhood Task Force</td><td>Chair, First Things First Board</td></tr><tr><td> Don Budinger </td><td> Co-Chair, Early Childhood Task Force </td><td> Chairman &amp; Founding Director, The Rodel Foundations </td></tr><tr><td> Lyn Bailey, Ed.D </td><td> Assistant Superintendent </td><td>Washington Elementary School District</td></tr><tr><td> Mary Baldwin </td><td> Community Investor </td><td>Boeing Company</td></tr><tr><td>Rene Bartos, MD</td><td> Vice President of Systems of Care, Medical Director </td><td>Mercy Care Plan</td></tr><tr><td> Deal Begay </td><td> Vice Chair </td><td>Cocopah Indian Tribe</td></tr><tr><td> Victoria Begay </td><td> Enterprise Account Manager </td><td>Frontier Communications</td></tr><tr><td> Andrea Benkel </td><td> Director of Early Childhood Education </td><td>Summit School of Ahwatukee</td></tr><tr><td> David Bradley </td><td> Senator </td><td>State of Arizona</td></tr><tr><td> Keri Campbell </td><td> Senior Director of Preschool Services and Co-Curricular Tuition Programs </td><td>Great Hearts Academies</td></tr><tr><td> Heather Carter </td><td> Representative </td><td>State of Arizona</td></tr><tr><td> Terri Clark </td><td> Arizona Literacy Director </td><td>Read On Arizona</td></tr><tr><td> Patrick Contrades </td><td> Vice President </td><td>Arizona Business &amp; Education Coalition</td></tr><tr><td> Amy Corriveau </td><td> Deputy Human Services Director </td><td>City of Phoenix</td></tr><tr><td> Marilee Dal Pra </td><td> Vice President of Programs </td><td>Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust</td></tr><tr><td> Lavonne Douville </td><td> Senior Vice President Community Development </td><td>United Way of Southern Arizona and Tucson</td></tr><tr><td> Riley Frei </td><td> Superintendent </td><td>Bullhead City Elementary School District and Colorado River Union High School District</td></tr><tr><td> Annapurna Ganesh, Ph.D </td><td> Faculty, Early Care and Education Program </td><td>Mesa Community College</td></tr><tr><td>John Giles</td><td>Mayor</td><td>City of Mesa</td></tr><tr><td> Neil G. Giuliano </td><td> President and Chief Executive Officer </td><td>Greater Phoenix Leadership</td></tr><tr><td> Erin Hart </td><td> Chief Operations Officer </td><td>Expect More Arizona</td></tr><tr><td> Darren Hawkins, D.Min. </td><td> Senior Pastor </td><td>Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church</td></tr><tr><td> Shalom Jacobs </td><td> Deputy Director of Field Operations </td><td>Arizona Department of Child Safety</td></tr><tr><td> Jessica Jarvi </td><td> Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel </td><td>Alliance Bank of Arizona</td></tr><tr><td> Verna Johnson </td><td> Health Program Specialist </td><td>Inter Tribal Council of Arizona</td></tr><tr><td> Leah Landrum Taylor </td><td> Assistant Director for the Director’s Office </td><td>Arizona Department of Economic Security</td></tr><tr><td> Laurie Liles </td><td> President and Chief Executive Officer </td><td>Arizona Grant Makers Forum</td></tr><tr><td> Darlene Little, Ed.D </td><td> Chief Executive Officer </td><td>Tanner Community Development</td></tr><tr><td> Erin Lyons </td><td> Chief Executive Officer </td><td>Child-Parent Centers</td></tr><tr><td> Shana Malone </td><td> Critical Initiatives Project Manager </td><td>Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System</td></tr><tr><td> Liz McKenna, MD </td><td> Pediatrician, Healing Hearts Pediatrics, PLC </td><td>Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics</td></tr><tr><td> Joyce Millard Hoie </td><td> Executive Director </td><td>Raising Special Kids</td></tr><tr><td> Franciso Muñoz </td><td> Tribal Council Member </td><td>Pascua Yaqui Tribe</td></tr><tr><td> Dana Naimark </td><td> President and Chief Executive </td><td>Children’s Action Alliance</td></tr><tr><td> Jill Norgaard </td><td> Representative </td><td>State of Arizona</td></tr><tr><td> Karen Ortiz, Ph.D </td><td> Vice President and Program Director for Early Childhood Education </td><td>Helios Education Foundation</td></tr><tr><td> Marie Peoples, Ph.D </td><td> Chief Health Officer </td><td>Coconino County Health Department</td></tr><tr><td> Suzanne Pfister </td><td> President and Chief Executive Officer </td><td>Vitalyst Health Foundation</td></tr><tr><td> Bryant Powell </td><td> City Manager </td><td>Apache Junction</td></tr><tr><td> Pam Powell, Ed.D </td><td> Chair of Teaching and Learning, College of Education </td><td>Northern Arizona University</td></tr><tr><td> Kim Russell </td><td> Executive Director </td><td>Arizona Advisory Council on Indian Health Care</td></tr><tr><td> Nicol Russell </td><td> Deputy Associate Superintendent of Early Childhood Education </td><td>Arizona Department of Education</td></tr><tr><td> Sheila Sjolander </td><td> Assistant Director Public Health Prevention Services </td><td>Arizona Department of Health Services</td></tr><tr><td> Laurie Smith </td><td> Board of Advisors </td><td>The Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley</td></tr><tr><td> Ruth Solomon </td><td> Member </td><td>First Things First Board</td></tr><tr><td> Brian Spicker </td><td> Senior Vice President, Community Impact </td><td>Valley of the Sun United Way</td></tr><tr><td> Kelly Townsend </td><td> Representative </td><td>State of Arizona</td></tr><tr><td> Ginger Ward </td><td> Chief Executive Officer </td><td>Southwest Human Development</td></tr><tr><td> Robert Weigand </td><td> Senior Lecturer, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics </td><td>Arizona State University</td></tr><tr><td> Richard Yarbough </td><td> Administrator </td><td>Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3"><h3>First Things First Staff</h3></td></tr><tr><td>Sam Leyvas</td><td colspan="2">Chief Executive Officer</td></tr><tr><td>Michelle Katona</td><td colspan="2">Chief Program Officer</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3"><h3>Facilitation Team</h3></td></tr><tr><td>Lori McClung</td><td colspan="2">Advocacy &amp; Communication Solutions</td></tr><tr><td>Scarlett Bouder</td><td colspan="2">Advocacy &amp; Communication Solutions</td></tr><tr><td>Sharon Flannagan-Hyde</td><td colspan="2">Flanagan-Hyde Associates</td></tr></tbody></table></div><div id="task-force-mobile" class="hidden-md hidden-lg hidden-xl"><table id="task-force-grid-mobile" class="table table-condensed table-hover table-striped small"><thead><tr><th data-column-id="Name" data-formatter="mobile">Task Force Member</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td> Nadine Mathis Basha<br> Co-Chair, Early Childhood Task Force<br> Chair, First Things First Board </td></tr><tr><td> Don Budinger<br> Co-Chair, Early Childhood Task Force<br> Chairman &amp; Founding Director, The Rodel Foundations </td></tr><tr><td> Lyn Bailey, Ed.D<br> Assistant Superintendent<br> Washington Elementary School District </td></tr><tr><td> Mary Baldwin<br> Community Investor<br> Boeing Company </td></tr><tr><td> Rene Bartos, MD<br> Vice President of Systems of Care, Medical Director<br> Mercy Care Plan </td></tr><tr><td> Deal Begay<br> Vice Chair<br> Cocopah Indian Tribe </td></tr><tr><td> Victoria Begay<br> Enterprise Account Manager<br> Frontier Communications </td></tr><tr><td> Andrea Benkel<br> Director of Early Childhood Education<br> Summit School of Ahwatukee </td></tr><tr><td> David Bradley<br> Senator<br> State of Arizona </td></tr><tr><td> Keri Campbell<br> Senior Director of Preschool Services and Co-Curricular Tuition Programs<br> Great Hearts Academies </td></tr><tr><td> Heather Carter<br> Representative<br> State of Arizona </td></tr><tr><td> Terri Clark<br> Arizona Literacy Director<br> Read On Arizona </td></tr><tr><td> Patrick Contrades<br> Vice President<br> Arizona Business &amp; Education Coalition </td></tr><tr><td> Amy Corriveau<br> Deputy Human Services Director<br> City of Phoenix </td></tr><tr><td> Marilee Dal Pra<br> Vice President of Programs<br> Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust </td></tr><tr><td> Lavonne Douville<br> Senior Vice President Community Development<br> United Way of Southern Arizona and Tucson </td></tr><tr><td> Riley Frei<br> Superintendent<br> Bullhead City Elementary School District and Colorado River Union High School District </td></tr><tr><td> Annapurna Ganesh, Ph.D<br> Faculty, Early Care and Education Program<br> Mesa Community College </td></tr><tr><td>John Giles<br>Mayor<br>City of Mesa</td></tr><tr><td> Neil G. Giuliano<br> President and Chief Executive Officer<br> Greater Phoenix Leadership </td></tr><tr><td> Erin Hart<br> Chief Operations Officer<br> Expect More Arizona </td></tr><tr><td> Darren Hawkins, D.Min.<br> Senior Pastor<br> Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church </td></tr><tr><td> Shalom Jacobs<br> Deputy Director of Field Operations<br> Arizona Department of Child Safety </td></tr><tr><td> Jessica Jarvi<br> Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel<br> Alliance Bank of Arizona </td></tr><tr><td> Verna Johnson<br> Health Program Specialist<br> Inter Tribal Council of Arizona </td></tr><tr><td> Leah Landrum Taylor<br> Assistant Director for the Director’s Office<br> Arizona Department of Economic Security </td></tr><tr><td> Laurie Liles<br> President and Chief Executive Officer<br> Arizona Grant Makers Forum </td></tr><tr><td> Darlene Little, Ed.D<br> Chief Executive Officer<br> Tanner Community Development </td></tr><tr><td> Erin Lyons<br> Chief Executive Officer<br> Child-Parent Centers </td></tr><tr><td> Shana Malone<br> Critical Initiatives Project Manager<br> Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System </td></tr><tr><td> Liz McKenna, MD<br> Pediatrician, Healing Hearts Pediatrics, PLC<br> Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics </td></tr><tr><td> Joyce Millard Hoie<br> Executive Director<br> Raising Special Kids </td></tr><tr><td> Franciso Muñoz<br> Tribal Council Member<br> Pascua Yaqui Tribe </td></tr><tr><td> Dana Naimark<br> President and Chief Executive<br> Children’s Action Alliance </td></tr><tr><td> Jill Norgaard<br> Representative<br> State of Arizona </td></tr><tr><td> Karen Ortiz, Ph.D<br> Vice President and Program Director for Early Childhood Education<br> Helios Education Foundation </td></tr><tr><td> Marie Peoples, Ph.D<br> Chief Health Officer<br> Coconino County Health Department </td></tr><tr><td> Suzanne Pfister<br> President and Chief Executive Officer<br> Vitalyst Health Foundation </td></tr><tr><td> Bryant Powell<br> City Manager<br> Apache Junction </td></tr><tr><td> Pam Powell, Ed.D<br> Chair of Teaching and Learning, College of Education<br> Northern Arizona University </td></tr><tr><td> Kim Russell<br> Executive Director<br> Arizona Advisory Council on Indian Health Care </td></tr><tr><td> Nicol Russell<br> Deputy Associate Superintendent of Early Childhood Education<br> Arizona Department of Education </td></tr><tr><td> Sheila Sjolander<br> Assistant Director Public Health Prevention Services<br> Arizona Department of Health Services </td></tr><tr><td> Laurie Smith<br> Board of Advisors<br> The Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley </td></tr><tr><td> Ruth Solomon<br> Member<br> First Things First Board </td></tr><tr><td> Brian Spicker<br> Senior Vice President, Community Impact<br> Valley of the Sun United Way </td></tr><tr><td> Kelly Townsend<br> Representative<br> State of Arizona </td></tr><tr><td> Ginger Ward<br> Chief Executive Officer<br> Southwest Human Development </td></tr><tr><td> Robert Weigand<br> Senior Lecturer, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics<br> Arizona State University </td></tr><tr><td> Richard Yarbough<br> Administrator<br> Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church </td></tr><tr><td><h3>First Things First Staff</h3></td></tr><tr><td> Sam Leyvas<br> Chief Executive Officer </td></tr><tr><td> Michelle Katona<br> Chief Program Officer </td></tr><tr><td><h3>Facilitation Team</h3></td></tr><tr><td> Lori McClung<br> Advocacy &amp; Communication Solutions </td></tr><tr><td> Scarlett Bouder<br> Advocacy &amp; Communication Solutions </td></tr><tr><td> Sharon Flannagan-Hyde<br> Flanagan-Hyde Associates </td></tr></tbody></table></div></div></div></div></div></div> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-top-10"><div class="panel-group" id="resource" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingResource"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#resource" href="#collapseResource" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseResource" class="collapsed">Resources</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseResource" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingResource"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/Documents/Career_Professional_Development_Network_Overview.pdf" target="_blank">Career and Professional Development Network Overview</a></p><p> <a href="/Documents/2012_Fam_Comm_Survey_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">2012 Family and Community Survey</a></p><p> <a href="/Documents/ECTF%20Roster%20Public-111016.pdf" target="_blank">Roster - Arizona Early Childhood Task Force</a></p><p> <a href="/Publications/FY2016_Annual_Report.pdf" target="_blank">FTF 2016 Annual Report</a></p><p> <a href="/Publications/FTF_Building_Bright_Futures_2015.pdf" target="_blank">FTF 2015 Building Bright Futures&#58; AZ’s Early Childhood Opportunities Report</a></p><p> <a href="https&#58;//www.azauditor.gov/sites/default/files/16-108_Highlights.pdf" target="_blank">AZ Auditor General's Special Audit Report Summary</a> and <a href="https&#58;//www.azauditor.gov/sites/default/files/16-108_Response.pdf" target="_blank">FTF’s Response</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/Frequently_Asked_Questions.pdf" target="_blank">Frequently Asked Questions</a></p></div></div></div></div></div> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-top-30"><h2>Task Force Meeting Materials</h2><div class="panel-group" id="accordion-June2017" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="heading-June2017"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordion" href="#collapse-June2017" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapse-June2017" class="collapsed">June 14, 2017</a> </h4></div><div id="collapse-June2017" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="heading-June2017"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-06/06-14-2017%20Board%20Meeting%20Notice-Committee.pdf" target="_blank">06-14-2017 Board Meeting Notice-Committee</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-06/2017%200523%20Task%20Force%20Meeting%20Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">2017 0523 Task Force Meeting Minutes</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-06/Priority_System_Roles__Recommended_Goals_Areas_of_Focus_Measures_of_Success_June_2017.pdf" target="_blank">Priority System Roles Recommended Goals Areas of Focus Measures of Success June 2017</a></p></div></div></div></div><div class="panel-group" id="accordionMM-May2017" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingMM-May2017"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordion" href="#collapseMM-May2017" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseMM-May2017" class="collapsed">May 23, 2017</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseMM-May2017" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingMM-May2017"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-05/05-23-2017_Board_Meeting_Notice-Committee-Amended.pdf" target="_blank">05-23-2017 Board Meeting Notice-Committee-Amended</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-05/2017.0126_Task_Force_Meeting_Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">2017.0126_Task_Force_Meeting_Minutes</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-05/Roles_Prioritized_by_Task_Force.pdf" target="_blank">Roles_Prioritized_by_Task_Force</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-05/Background_Document_1_Priority_System_Roles__Recommended_Goals_Areas_of_Focus_Measures_of_Success_May_2017.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 1&#58; Priority System Roles Recommended Goals Areas of Focus Measures of Success May 2017</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-05/Background_Document_2_The_Model_System_and_Opportunities_Revised_May_2017.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 2&#58; The Model System and Opportunities Revised May 2017</a></p></div></div></div></div><div class="panel-group" id="accordionDecember2016" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingDecember2016"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordion" href="#collapseDecember2016" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseDecember2016" class="collapsed">January 26, 2017</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseDecember2016" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingDecember2016"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/documents/01-26-2017_Board_Meeting_Notice-Committee.pdf" target="_blank">01-26-2017 Board Meeting Notice-Committee</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/2016_1213_Task_Force_Meeting_Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">2016 1213 Task Force Meeting Minutes</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/Background_Document_1-System_Roles_Opportunities_FTF_Leadership_Role.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 1 - System Roles Opportunities FTF Leadership Role</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/Background_Document_2-The_Model_System.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 2 - The Model System</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/SFY17_Funding_Plans-Yuma-Pascua_Yaqui-Phoenix%20South.pdf" target="_blank">SFY17 Funding Plans - Yuma - Pascua Yaqui - Phoenix South</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/Strategies_Funded_by_FTF_SFY17.pdf" target="_blank">Strategies Funded by FTF__SFY17</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task_Force_Committee_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">Task Force Committee Summary</a></p><p> <a href="/documents/Background_Document_3-Criteria_for_Prioritization.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 3 - Criteria for Prioritization</a></p></div></div></div></div><div class="panel-group" id="accordionJanuary2017" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingJanuary2017"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordion" href="#collapseJanuary2017" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseJanuary2017" class="collapsed">December 13, 2016</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseJanuary2017" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingJanuary2017"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/documents/Agenda_Task_Force_Meeting_121316.pdf" target="_blank">December 13, 2016 Task Force Meeting Agenda</a> </p><p> <a href="/documents/Background_document_1_Desired_outcomes_and_opportunities.docx" target="_blank">Background Document 1 Desired Outcomes and Opportunities</a> </p><p> <a href="/documents/Meeting_Minutes_Task_Force_111616.docx" target="_blank">November 16, 2016 Task Force Meeting Minutes</a> </p></div></div></div></div><div class="panel-group" id="accordion" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingThree"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordion" href="#collapseThree" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseThree" class="collapsed">November 16, 2016</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseThree" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingThree"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/documents/Early%20Childhood%20Task%20Force%20November%2016%202016%20AGENDA.pdf" target="_blank">Early Childhood Task Force November 16 2016 AGENDA</a> </p><p> <a href="/documents/Background%20Document%201%20The%20Model%20Early%20Childhood%20System.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 1 The Model Early Childhood System</a> </p><p> <a href="/documents/Background%20Document%202%20First%20Things%20First_The%20Organization,%20Its%20Priorities%20and%20Impact.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 2 First Things First The Organization, Its Priorities and Impact</a> </p><p> <a href="/documents/Background%20Document%203%20Status%20of%20Arizona’s%20Young%20Children%20Data%20Summary.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 3 Status of Arizona’s Young Children Data Summary</a> </p><p> <a href="/documents/Background%20Document%204%20Summary%20of%20System%20Partner%20and%20Stakeholder%20Perspectives.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 4 Summary of System Partner and Stakeholder Perspectives</a> </p><p> <a href="/Documents/Background%20Document%205%20National%20Policies%20and%20Funding%20Opportunities.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 5 National Policies and Funding Opportunities</a> </p></div></div></div></div></div> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-top-30"><h2>Sub-Committee Meeting Materials</h2><h3> Children’s Health Sub-Committee </h3><p>Co-Chairs&#58;</p><p>Kevin Earle, Executive Director, Arizona Dental Association</p><p>Debbie McCune Davis, Executive Director, Arizona Partnership for Immunization</p><div class="panel-group" id="accordionChildrenSubApr2017" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingChildrenSubApr2017"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordionChildrenSubApr2017" href="#collapseChildrenSubApr2017" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseChildrenSubApr2017" class="collapsed">April 3, 2017</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseChildrenSubApr2017" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingChildrenSubApr2017"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Childrens-Health/2017.0308_ECTF_CH_Committee_Meeting_Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">2017.0308 ECTF CH Committee Meeting Minutes</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Childrens-Health/04-03-2017_Board_Meeting_Notice-Committee_CH.pdf" target="_blank">04-03-2017 Board Meeting Notice-Committee CH</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Childrens-Health/Goals_Areas_of_Focus_Measures_of_Success_Childrens_Health.pdf" target="_blank">Goals Areas of Focus Measures of Success Childrens Health</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Childrens-Health/2017.0403_ECTF_CH_Committee_Meeting_Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">2017.0403 ECTF CH Committee Meeting Minutes</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Childrens-Health/2017-05-04_CH_GFAMOS.pdf" target="_blank">Children’s Health Committee Revised Goal Statements and Areas of Focus and Proposed Measures of Success</a> </p><p></p></div></div></div></div><div class="panel-group" id="accordionChildrenSubMar2017" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingChildrenSubMar2017"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordionChildrenSubMar2017" href="#collapseChildrenSubMar2017" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseChildrenSubMar2017" class="collapsed">March 8, 2017</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseChildrenSubMar2017" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingChildrenSubMar2017"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-03/Childrens-Health/03-08-2017_Board_Meeting_Notice-Committee_CH.pdf" target="_blank">03-08-2017 Board Meeting Notice-Committee CH</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-03/Childrens-Health/20170206_ECTF_CH_Committee_Meeting_Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">20170206 ECTF CH Committee Meeting Minutes</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-03/Childrens-Health/Survey_Results_and_Proposed_Goal_Statements_Childrens_Health.pdf" target="_blank">Survey Results and Proposed Goal Statements Children's Health</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-03/Childrens-Health/AZ_FTF_Updates.pdf" target="_blank">AZ FTF Updates</a> </p><p></p></div></div></div></div><div class="panel-group" id="accordionChildrenSubFeb2017" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingChildrenSubFeb2017"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordionChildrenSubFeb2017" href="#collapseChildrenSubFeb2017" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseChildrenSubFeb2017" class="collapsed">February 6, 2017</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseChildrenSubFeb2017" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingChildrenSubFeb2017"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Childrens-Health/ECTF_Childrens_Health_Committee_Roster.pdf" target="_blank">ECTF Children's Health Committee - Roster</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-02-06/2017-02-06_Board_Meeting_Notice-Committee-Task_Force_Childrens_Health.pdf" target="_blank">2017-02-06 Board Meeting Notice-Committee-Task Force Children's Health</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-02-06/Background_Document_1-First_Things_First_The_Organization_Its_Priorities_and_Impact.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 1 - First Things First_ The Organization, Its Priorities and Impact</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-02-06/Background_Document_2-Children_Health_Strategies_Funded_by_FTF.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 2 - Children Health Strategies Funded by FTF</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-02-06/Background_Document_3-National_Policies_and_Funding_Opportunities.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 3 - National Policies and Funding Opportunities</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/documents/Task-Force/2017-02-06/Background_Document_4-The_Model_Early_Childhood_System_Outcomes_Conditions_System_Roles_Opportunities.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 4 - The Model Early Childhood System Outcomes Conditions System Roles Opportunities</a></p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Childrens-Health/AZ_FTF_Federal_Landscape.pdf" target="_blank">AZ FTF Federal Landscape</a></p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Childrens-Health/February_Committees_Presentation.pdf" target="_blank">February Committees Presentation</a></p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Childrens-Health/MedicaidYoungChildren.pdf" target="_blank">Medicaid Young Children</a></p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Childrens-Health/System_Roles_Prioritied_by_Task_Force_2010_and_2016-17.pdf" target="_blank">System Roles Prioritized by Task Force</a></p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Childrens-Health/Texas-ECI-and-Medicaid.pdf" target="_blank">Texas ECI and Medicaid</a></p><p></p></div></div></div></div></div> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-top-30"><h3>Early Learning Sub-Committee </h3><p>Chair&#58;</p><p>Melissa Busby, Director, Central Arizona College Early Childhood Program/Incoming President, Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children</p><div class="panel-group" id="accordionEarlyLearningSubApr2017" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingEarlyLearningSubApr2017"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordionEarlyLearningSubApr2017" href="#collapseEarlyLearningSubApr2017" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseEarlyLearningSubApr2017" class="collapsed">April 10, 2017</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseEarlyLearningSubApr2017" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingEarlyLearningSubApr2017"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Early-Learning/04-10-2017_Board_Meeting_Notice-Committee_EL.pdf" target="_blank">04-10-2017 Board Meeting Notice-Committee EL</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Early-Learning/2017.0306_ECTF_EL_Sub_Committee_Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">2017.0306 ECTF EL Sub Committee Minutes</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Early-Learning/EL_Committee_Revised_Goals_Areas_of_Focus_Measures_of_Success.pdf" target="_blank">EL Committee Revised Goals, Areas of Focus Measures of Success</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Early-Learning/2017.0505_EL_GFAMOS.pdf" target="_blank">Early Learning Committee Revised Goal Statements and Areas for Focus and Proposed Measures of Success</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Early-Learning/2017-0410_ECTF_EL_Committee_Meeting_Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">Early Learning Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes April 10, 2017</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Early-Learning/Assessment_Continuum_Guide.pdf" target="_blank">Assessment Continuum Guide</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Early-Learning/GAO_Full_Report.pdf" target="_blank">GAO Full Report</a> </p><p></p></div></div></div></div><div class="panel-group" id="accordionEarlyLearningSubMar2017" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingEarlyLearningSubMar2017"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordionEarlyLearningSubMar2017" href="#collapseEarlyLearningSubMar2017" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseEarlyLearningSubMar2017" class="collapsed">March 6, 2017</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseEarlyLearningSubMar2017" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingEarlyLearningSubMar2017"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-03/Early-Learning/03-06-2017_Board_Meeting_Notice-Committee_EL.pdf" target="_blank">03-06-2017 Board Meeting Notice-Committee EL</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-03/Early-Learning/20170207_ECTF_Early_Learning_Sub-Committee_Meeting_Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">20170207 ECTF Early Learning Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-03/Early-Learning/QF_Full_Day_Full_Year_Data_March_Meeting.pdf" target="_blank">QF Full Day Full Year Data March Meeting</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-03/Early-Learning/Survey_Summary_and_Proposed_Goal_Statements__Early%20Learning.pdf" target="_blank">Survey Summary and Proposed Goal Statements Early Learning</a> </p><p></p><p></p></div></div></div></div><div class="panel-group" id="accordionEarlyLearningSubFeb2017" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingEarlyLearningSubFeb2017"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordionEarlyLearningSubFeb2017" href="#collapseEarlyLearningSubFeb2017" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseEarlyLearningSubFeb2017" class="collapsed">February 7, 2017</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseEarlyLearningSubFeb2017" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingEarlyLearningSubFeb2017"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Early-Learning/ECTF_Early_Learning_Committee_Roster.pdf" target="_blank">ECTF Early Learning Committee - Roster</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Early-Learning/2017-02-07_Board_Meeting_Notice-Committee-Task_Force_Early_Learning.pdf" target="_blank">2017-02-07 Board Meeting Notice-Committee-Task Force Early Learning</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Early-Learning/Background_Document_1-First_Things_First_The_Organization_Its_Priorities_and_Impact.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 1 - First Things First The Organization, Its Priorities and Impact</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Early-Learning/Background_Document_2-Strategies_Funded_by_FTF_SFY17_Early_Learning.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 2 - Strategies Funded by FTF SY17 Early Learning</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Early-Learning/Background_Document_3-National_Policies_and_Funding_Opportunities.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 3 - National Policies and Funding Opportunities</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Early-Learning/Background_Document_4_The_Model_Early_Childhood_System_Outcomes_Conditions_System_Roles_Opportunities.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 4 - The Model Early Childhood System Outcomes Conditions System Roles Opportunities</a> </p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Early-Learning/Early_Learning_Discussion_HDichter.pdf" target="_blank">Early Learning Discussion</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Early-Learning/Education_Leaders_Report_HDichter.pdf" target="_blank">Education Leaders Report</a> </p><p></p></div></div></div></div></div> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-top-30"><h3> Family Support Sub-Committee </h3><p>Chair&#58;</p><p>Irene Burnton, Associate Director and Professor of Practice, ASU School of Social Work/Former Chief, Office of Children’s Health, Arizona Department of Health Services</p><div class="panel-group" id="accordionFamilySupportSubApr2017" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingFamilySupportSubApr2017"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordionFamilySupportSubApr2017" href="#collapseFamilySupportSubApr2017" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseFamilySupportSubApr2017" class="collapsed">April 12, 2017</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseFamilySupportSubApr2017" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingFamilySupportSubApr2017"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Family-Support/04-12-2017_Board_Meeting_Notice-Committee_FS.pdf" target="_blank">04-12-2017 Board Meeting Notice-Committee FS</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Family-Support/2017_0210_ECTF_FS_Committee_Meeting_Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">2017 0210 ECTF FS Committee Meeting Minutes</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Family-Support/FS_Goals_Areas_of_Focus_Measures_of_Success.pdf" target="_blank">FS Goals Areas of Focus Measures of Success</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Family-Support/2017.0505_FS_GFAMOS.pdf" target="_blank">FS Revised Goal Statements and Areas of Focus and Proposed Measures of Success</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Family-Support/2017-0412_ECTF_FS_Committee_Meeting_Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">FS Sub-Committee Minutes April 12, 2017</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Family-Support/Arizona_State_Baby_Facts.pdf" target="_blank">Arizona State Baby Facts</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-04/Family-Support/2017.0307_ECTF_FS_Committee_Meeting_Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">ECTF FS Committee Meeting Minutes March 7, 2017</a> </p><p></p></div></div></div></div><div class="panel-group" id="accordionFamilySupportSubMar2017" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingFamilySupportSubMar2017"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordionFamilySupportSubMar2017" href="#collapseFamilySupportSubMar2017" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseFamilySupportSubMar2017" class="collapsed">March 7, 2017</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseFamilySupportSubMar2017" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingFamilySupportSubMar2017"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-03/Family-Support/03-07-2017_Board_Meeting_Notice-Committee_FS.pdf" target="_blank">03-07-2017 Board Meeting Notice-Committee FS</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-03/Family-Support/20170210_ECTF_FS_Committee_Meeting_Minutes.pdf" target="_blank">20170210 ECTF FS Committee Meeting Minutes</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-03/Family-Support/Survey_Summary_Proposed_Goal_Statements_Family_Support.pdf" target="_blank">Survey Summary Proposed Goal Statements Family Support</a> </p><p></p><p></p></div></div></div></div><div class="panel-group" id="accordionFamilySupportSubFeb2017" role="tablist" aria-multiselectable="true"><div class="panel panel-default"><div class="panel-heading" role="tab" id="headingFamilySupportSubFeb2017"><h4 class="panel-title"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordionFamilySupportSubFeb2017" href="#collapseFamilySupportSubFeb2017" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="collapseFamilySupportSubFeb2017" class="collapsed">February 10, 2017</a> </h4></div><div id="collapseFamilySupportSubFeb2017" class="panel-collapse collapse" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="headingFamilySupportSubFeb2017"><div class="panel-body"><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Family-Support/ECTF_Family_Support_Committee_Roster.pdf" target="_blank">ECTF Family Support Committee - Roster</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Family-Support/2017-02-10_Board_Meeting_Notice-Committee-Task_Force_Family_Support.pdf" target="_blank">2017-02-07 Board Meeting Notice-Committee-Task Force Early Learning</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Family-Support/Background_Document_1-First_Things_First_The_Organization_Its_Priorities_and_Impact.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 1 - First Things First The Organization, Its Priorities and Impact</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Family-Support/Background_Document_2-Strategies_Funded_by_FTF_SFY17-Family_Support.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 2 - Strategies Funded by FTF SY17 Early Learning</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Family-Support/Background_Document_3-National_Policies%20and%20Funding%20Opportunities.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 3 - National Policies and Funding Opportunities</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Family-Support/Background_Document_4-The_Model_Early_Childhood_System_Outcomes_Conditions_System_Roles_Opportunities.pdf" target="_blank">Background Document 4 - The Model Early Childhood System Outcomes Conditions System Roles Opportunities</a> </p><p></p><p> <a href="/Documents/Task-Force/2017-02/Family-Support/Zero_to_Three_National_Perspectives_on_Family_Support_Initiatives.pdf" target="_blank">Zero to Three National Perspectives on Family Support Initiatives</a> </p><p></p></div></div></div></div></div> </section>​en
Dal Pra selected to lead First Things First<p>​​​On Tuesday, the First Things First Board selected Marilee Dal Pra as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer, overseeing statewide efforts to expand services that enhance school readiness for children birth to 5 years old.</p><p> ​​FTF Chief Financial Officer Josh Allen has been serving in the role on an interim basis since May, when Sam Leyvas left to join Stand Together, a Washington, D.C. based philanthropic organization.</p><p>First Things First was created by Arizona voters to enhance or expand early childhood programs that help children birth to 5 years old arrive at kindergarten prepared to succeed. Over the past nine years, the organization – through its volunteer regional councils statewide – has invested in strategies that have strengthened families in their role as their child’s first teachers; improved the quality of early learning for 68,000 children statewide; and ensured preventive health care – like developmental and sensory screenings – is available for thousands of infants, toddlers and preschoolers.</p><p>FTF Board Chair Nadine Mathis Basha said Dal Pra is the right fit for the organization at this stage in its evolution.</p><p>“First Things First is really at a crucial stage in its development. We have successfully implemented or expanded programs that have made a difference in the health and education of thousands of young children across the state,” Basha said. “Now, it’s time to leverage those successes and engage more non-traditional partners in this critical work so that every child in Arizona has the opportunity to start school ready to be successful. Over the past 30 years, Marilee has built an impressive combination of skills and relationships – spanning government, business and philanthropy – that can help us do just that.”</p><p>Dal Pra currently serves as the Vice President for Programs at Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, where she oversees the Trust’s community initiatives and strategic program development. She is a driving force behind efforts such as Read On Arizona, the state’s third grade reading initiative; BUILD, a multi-state partnership that supports early childhood systems building (now the work of the Arizona Early Childhood Alliance); the Education Development Center, which prepares teachers for the statewide implementation of kindergarten assessment practices; and Maricopa Family Support Alliance, a collective of 70 independent agencies that work together to best serve families in need.</p><p>Dal Pra formerly served as the director for the Governor’s Division for Children, where she coordinated policies and programs to improve conditions for Arizona's children and families in partnership with professional organizations, business groups and policymakers. Her prior work experience also includes oversight of juvenile justice programs for the Governor’s Office and work to improve outcomes for women on probation. During her career, Dal Pra has served on a variety of national and local nonprofit boards, including serving as an original member of the FTF Central Phoenix Regional Council and serving as a gubernatorial appointee on several commissions and committees. She holds a Master's Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University.</p><p>Susan M. Pepin, President and CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust said FTF is gaining a seasoned and motivational chief executive in Dal Pra.</p><p>“Marilee has dedicated her career to the development and well-being of Arizona’s children. She is a true collaborator—she has an exceptional ability to bring people and organizations together to address issues systemically, and to identify the best ways to support our youngest residents with lasting impacts through proven efforts,” Pepin said. “In Marilee, First Things First is gaining an inspiring and visionary leader who will always see the interests of our state’s children as the priority—one which carries a role for all.”</p><p>Dal Pra said she is honored by the Board’s confidence in her and the level of support she received from the community as she applied for the position.</p><p>“I believe that First Things First is one of Arizona’s greatest assets, as there is no higher return than investing in the lives of young children. I recognize it is a pivotal moment in time for First Things First, as the organization sets its strategic priorities for the next five years and works to accelerate the positive outcomes achieved to date,” Dal Pra said. “Building a comprehensive, high-quality early childhood system will require strong collaborative partnerships with the private sector. I am excited to lead FTF and join the Board, staff, regional councils and community partners in that vision and that work.”</p><p>​Dal Pra will join FTF on December 18. Allen will continue to serve as Interim CEO until then.</p>en